The role of a HR business partner

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In today’s market the HR Business Partner role is becoming more and more popular.

Here we talk to Caroline Henderson, a Consultant at Robert Walters, who explores the role in more detail.

HR Business Partners are experienced HR professionals who occupy more senior roles within an organisation and as the name suggests partner with a business unit within the firm to perform generalist duties.
 

They act as the primary interface between HR and the business to provide consultative advice to senior stakeholders and assist them in achieving their business goals. Still a generalist role duties may include but are not limited to recruitment, employee relations, performance and talent management."

HR Business Partner roles are often a career promotion from senior HR Managerial or Senior Consultant roles. Most employers will request HR BPs to have solid generalist experience and demonstrate the ability to network, communicate and build strong relationships and work at a senior level.

Businesses are focusing more and more on hiring experienced generalists who are able to offer more in-depth support to business units to improve over all productivity with an organisation.

Businesses are focusing more and more on hiring experienced generalists who are able to offer more in-depth support to business units to improve over all productivity with an organisation. Because of their importance HR BP roles are popular even within smaller firms so the demand is high but the competition is also strong.

Here are a few tips on how to stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of securing your next HR BP role:

  • Know the business you work for. Even if you’re not currently employed as an HR BP get to know your team. Understanding the business unit you support will improve how you’re able to offer advice and make your opinions more credible.
  • Think ahead and be proactive. Many HR BP roles are very strategic meaning that it will fall upon you to help the business unit you support identify long-term aims and goals and the means of achieving them.
  • The skills you develop in a HR BP role are highly transferable to a number of different roles within an organisation and could result in promotion into roles including Head of HR and HR Director.

In South Africa HR Business Partners can earn between R600- R1mk depending on the size of the organisation and the experience of the candidate. For more detailed information on HR salaries access Robert Walters Salary Survey.

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For more career advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

 

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